The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is airlifting 1,500 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting – to aid emergency shelter efforts for more than 82,500 people affected by the ongoing conflict in the Ethiopian region du Tigray. This airlift will carry durable tarpaulins from the USAID warehouse in Dubai to Ethiopia.
The ongoing conflict has forced around a million people to flee their homes – many now sleeping outside or in crowded shelters. USAID also provides sleeping mats, blankets, and basic household items, including cooking utensils with pots, pans, and cooking utensils.
These relief supplies are part of USAID’s larger contribution to help those affected by the Tigray conflict. Since the onset of the crisis, the United States has provided nearly $ 305 million in humanitarian assistance – including food, nutrition, health care, shelter, relief, clean water and protection programs for the most vulnerable. In addition, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) remains on the ground to scale up the United States government’s humanitarian efforts.
It is extremely important that all parties ensure unhindered humanitarian access. However, humanitarian aid alone will not solve the root of this crisis. An immediate end to the conflict is necessary to alleviate the suffering. The cessation of hostilities, the immediate and complete withdrawal of Eritrean forces and the end of the Ethiopian government’s deployment of Amhara regional forces in Tigray are essential first steps. As this crisis deepens, the United States welcomes contributions from other donors to continue scaling up aid to reach those who need it most.
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